Migos caused controversy recently when they appeared to question the authenticity of ILoveMakonnen, who came out as gay in January, in an interview with Rolling Stone. Online backlash quickly followed, and Migos released a statement on the same day that the article was published, writing, "We love all people, gay or straight and we apologize if we offended anyone."
In a new Billboard cover story, published on Thursday, writer Chris Martins asked Quavo about his comments on Makonnen's sexuality. "Quavo seesaws between woke and... not so woke," he writes, explaining that the rapper shared an unreleased lyric praising Bernie Sanders and supports protests against Donald Trump. Martins continues:
Talking to Quavo, it’s clear he’s not outright homophobic. “If you real from the heart, you real from the heart,” he says. “That ain’t got nothing to do with no sex or gender. It’s 2017, and we all living.” But he still doesn’t quite seem to get it. “When [Makonnen’s] music came out I thought it was hard, so if he would’ve come out the same way...” He pauses. “I got a record with Frank Ocean [“Slide,” a Calvin Harris track featuring Migos and Ocean]. That closes my case.”
A representative for Migos was not immediately available for comment.